Sunday, January 10, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge 21

Happy Sunday stampers! This week's hostess at Stampin' Sisters in Christ is Pamela and our sponsor again is Simon Says Stamp. Great storefront, I've always had excellent service from them. One lucky winner this week will win a lovely wedding stamp set as pictured on the main SSIC blog. Hmm, I have a daughter getting married . . . could come in handy!

Pamela's chosen verse this week is Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds." The challenge is to make the broken look beautiful . . . create a mosaic, or tear apart and stitch back teogether. In some way, have your image look broken.

There was a great tutorial for a mosaic technique on Splitcoast Stampers a few weeks ago. For myself, I have chosen to do the cracked glass technique. It is a favorite of mine. And I found this lovely sketch on the Taylored Expressions blog, its her sketch challenge for the week, #97.

Hosea is such an interesting, sometimes confusing but always beautiful book of the bible filled with a message of hope. We are represented in Hosea's wife who keeps on sinning and yet each time, the Lord takes us back. If you haven't been into Hosea lately, spend some time there. I read a wonderful book by Francine Rivers based on Hosea called Redeeming Love. If you want a really good read (and we're deep in snow, so what better activity for a snowy weekend afternoon than either stamping, or curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book?), pick this one up and make sure you have some tissue handy.

I can't tell you how often I mess up in my walk and feel like a cracked vessel. The Lord is calling to each of us, every day. No matter what you have done, no matter what you might be tempted to do in the future, God's mercy and love never fails. The blood of Jesus Christ can wash away your sins and take that cracked image you might see in the mirror and make it whole again. He has done that for me and He can do that for you. Ask any one of us on the design team and we'd be happy to pray with you or tell you our own personal story of God's redeeming love. Thanks for looking.

Stamps: Inkadinkado bird
Ink: Tim Holtz vintage photo, weathered wood
Paper: Bo Bunny, SU Pomegranate, PTI Ocean Tides
Other: versamark pad, clear EP (I applied six layers), sponge, ribbon, PTI scarlet jewel button, Martha Stewart branch punch and chunky glitter, petite scallop circle nestability, Fiskars corner punch


Gina said...

Beautiful and inspiring words. I enjoyed that Francine Rivers book too, actually all her books! I love how you interpreted the challenge and the card is great with the cracked glass.

Vikki Jo said...

Lovely card and great colors!

Lee said...

Love the technique you have used. I still need to give that one a go. Thanks again for your inspiring post.

BethH said...

Love it, Peggysue! The cracked glass technique is perfect for this challenge. I love the devotional you typed up with your card....very inspiring.

thinker said...

thanks for reminding me today of God's promises of healing....

Becky said...

Beautiful and inspiring word.

Belinda said...

So inspiring! Thanks for sharing and love the card with the wonderful cracked glass!

Grace said...


What a gorgeous card. I love the crackle technique on your image. What a perfect representation of the verse!

Kay said...

I love the cracked glass technique - doesn't it fit this image and the "feel" of this card perfectly? Beautiful work.

Rebecca said...

I just LOVE the birds! So cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such kind comments. I completely enjoyed the challenge this morning!

Joanne (jojot) said...

gorgeous...has a real artsy, elgant feel to do great stuff, my friend

Traci M said...

I really like your write up with your card today, Peggysue! Your card is just as lovely, the cracked glass is so fitting for this verse!!

Anonymous said...

Great card Peggysue! The use if cracked glass is so appropriate for this challenge,Wonderful words and s great TE sketch example. Have a great week.

Helen said...

Your winter card is beautiful! I love the cracked glass look and that bird is so pretty! That red pearl just makes the card pop! Beautiful!

Michelle /Eliotstamps said...

Just gorgeous, PS!

Val said...

Peggysue, This is so pretty. I love everything about this card. Also, wanted to say thank you for always leaving such nice comments on my blog.

JazzyH said...


ashjoy said...

Great card, love the technique.

And a fancy new blog background, beautiful as well.

Lea L. said...

Very pretty card, and very neat technique! Great job with TES97!


IamDerby said...

This is absolutely lovely Peggysue

BethieJ said...

BEAUTIFUL Peggysue.. just BEAUTIFUL! I so want to try this technique!
Have a GREAT day!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful card! I always enjoy reading your insights and spiritual thoughts as well.

Dell said...

This is so pretty! I love the idea of the cracked glass.

Thanks for sharing the story of Hosea.

One Picky Family said...

Redeeming Love is a great book!! And nice card!

theneon said...

Hi Peggy Sue -- I thought I'd stop by and see if there were any roses by your window -- and indeed there are -- more beautiful cards. This one is especially beautiful -- great job with the cracked glass -- mine never seems to look right but you've got it down! I also appreciated your sharing and caring words.

Grace said...

This is beautiful PeggySue! Love the technique! This was what I thought I'd do too but so far have not had time... but love your take on the broken and beautiful challenge!!!

Stephanie said...

the cracked glass technique looks fabulous with this bird image...I seem to shy away from techniques, but I might have to give this one a try after seeing your beautiful card!

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